This vibrant west coast city on the Indian Ocean is home to just under 1.8 million Western Australians who know that there are plenty of exciting things to do in Perth, Australia! Here are five great activities to start with as you explore all that Perth and Western Australia have to offer!
Visit Northbridge Piazza
The central heartbeat of Perth’s entertainment and arts area is Northbridge and its Piazza. The ethnically diverse ambiance of Northbridge’s Lake Street and James Street offer Greek, Thai, Egyptian and Croatian cuisines to entice before a night of club dancing. Northbridge is also known for its many art galleries and Alexander Library. The central piazza area offers a performance stage and a supersized LED outdoor viewing screen which operates 24 hours a day. Northbridge is located just north of the Perth City train station (See Source 1).
Attend the Festival of Sports
The local community in Perth loves to celebrate its city and many festivals are held throughout the year. November’s Festival of Sport draws crowds celebrating 20 different sporting events and competitions from Tai Chi to rowing to open water swimming. Visitors can register for events, such as the Ultimate Frisbee or Beach Volleyball, or enjoy spectator venues like the Dragon Boat Races and Cheerleading competitions. The festival occurs November 19-21, 2011. Check early registration requirements and event fees at the City of Perth (See Source 2).
Explore Perth by Guided or Self Guided Walking Tour
Check what Perth offers historically, architecturally and ecologically, by choosing an available walking tour sponsored by i-City Volunteers of the City of Perth. Near Forrest Place in Murray Street Mall, visitors find the information kiosk where guides lead free walking tours or provide self-guided walking tour maps. The Boom or Bust Trail walk highlights points of interest from the Western Australian gold rush and the Icons of Influence walk exposes the visitor to the historical figures responsible for Perth’s founding and cultural growth. Kiosk hours are daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.except Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m (See Source 3).
Play in the Waters of Swan River
Swan River is a popular watersport area which runs along the eastern side of Perth. Sailing is available at the edge of the city or cruises motor out into the Swan Valley wine region on the Western Australian plains. Canoeists can tour the leg of the river which dips into the central part of the city and windsurfing, parasailing and hiking are all available along its shores. Heirisson Island within the waterway is home to a native Western Grey Kangaroo reserve and easy access and equipment rentals are available at Barrack Square (See Source 4).
See an Exhibit at Western Australian Museum
One of the most popular of Perth activities for visitors is a trip to the premier museum in the area, the Western Australian Museum’s Perth location. Numerous exhibits showcase the history and current cultures of Australian local interests and geological areas. In 2011 visitors can catch a traveling exhibition at the Perth location featuring some local Australia boys and their band “AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels”. Museum entrance is free with a suggested donation of $5 AUS and it is open daily except holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (See Sources 5).
1-City of Perth: Northbridge Piazza
http://www.cityofperth.wa.gov.au/web/Visiting/Events/Northbridge-Piazza/ 2-City of Perth: Festival of Sport
3-City of Perth: Activities-Self Guided Walking Tours
4-Experience Perth: Swan River
5-Government of Western Australia: Western Australian Museum at Perth
6-Austalian Bureau of Statistics: Western Australia’s Social and Demographic Statistical Summary